The main purpose of a garage is to serve as protection for your vehicle from the elements. Over time, garages can seem to take on a life of their own. They quickly become filled with everything from bikes and lawn mowers to empty cardboard boxes and candy wrapper from the backseat of the car. Many homeowners find their once-pristine garage has become a black hole. Let’s fix that, shall we?
Organizing your garage can range from buying a few cabinets from the local home improvement store to installing elaborate garage storage systems from a custom storage company. Let me explain some simple garage storage solutions to make de-cluttering your garage an easy and inexpensive project.
First, determine your storage needs by taking an inventory of your garage. Identify which items actually need to be stored in the garage, and which would have a more appropriate home in the basement, attic or trash.
Once you have determined what you need to store, you need to decide how to store it. There are numerous storage products available for everything from bikes to gardening tools, from ladders to leaf blowers. Here are a few of the most common garage storage solutions.
Garage Storage Solution: Tall Cabinets
Tall, extra-deep garage cabinets can hold everything from rakes and shovels to shop vacs and totes full of seasonal decorations. The best part is once you shut the door, no one can see your stuff.
Garage Storage Solution: Workbench
Installing a workbench in your garage adds more than just storage. It provides an organized place for woodworking or gardening that you won’t be afraid to get dirty! Wouldn’t you love to have a space for transplanting flowers without having to drag a bag of gardening soil into your kitchen?
Garage Storage Solution: Drawers
Adding drawers in your garage is an excellent way to store small supplies, tools or “odds and ends” but keep them close at hand. Assign each drawer a purpose and you will be even more organized: one for gardening gloves and trowels, one for car wash rags and sponges, one for the kids’ sidewalk chalk-you get the idea.
Garage Storage Solution: Upper Cabinets
Upper cabinets offer a place to house items out of reach of children or pets. They are also an option when garage space is limited. Hanging cabinets above the trash cans utilizes space that otherwise is wasted.
Garage Storage Solution: Pegboard
A very economical way to organize your garage is by installing pegboard on an unused wall. It can be cut to any shape or size to fit your available space. With a variety of hooks available, it is an easy way to organize yard tools, extension cords or hose reels.
Follow these tips for organizing your garage and you, too, can be the envy of your neighbors! As a bonus, you will now have room to actually park your car in the garage!
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